Tenn. gov. promises more oversight of ash ponds

By BETH RUCKER – 17 hours ago

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s governor promised greater oversight of coal ash retention ponds Wednesday after viewing damage from a spill that released more than a billion gallons of ashy sludge.

Gov. Phil Bredesen said he had no complaints with the cleanup process by Tennessee Valley Authority, which operates the Kingston power plant where a pond burst last week and poured a mix of fly ash and water over 300 acres and into a river.

But Bredesen vowed state environmental regulators will be “looking over their shoulder.”

“Burning fossil fuel for electricity is a dirty business,” he said. “Everywhere this happens there are huge ash piles, there are environmental issues. My dream out of all of this is maybe this is an epiphany for TVA and for the country that some things have got to change.”

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